Monday, June 11, 2012
Auburn Shootings Leave Many Questions and Few Answers
Auburn junior offensive lineman Eric Mack, 20, was also shot and is being treated at Eastern Alabama Medical Clinic. A fourth young man, John Robertson, 20, was in critical condition at UAB Hospital in Birmingham. A fifth man, Xavier Moss, 19, was shot but was treated and released.
Why were these men who were at a pool party at the University Heights apartment complex shot? The brutal shooting is supposedly not related to football. Police are looking for answers and perhaps Desmonte Leonard, age 22, has the answers. Three warrants charging Desmonte Leonard with capital murder have been signed. U.S. Marshals have joined the search for Leonard. Desmonte has been arrested twice in the past on gun charges. He has also been sued twice for child support, the latest suit having been filed on Friday.
Early reports indicate that the shooting happened after several men got in a fight over a woman. Police apparently don't know why the party was being held or what sparked the fight.However, Turquorius Vines, 23, was present at the pool party Saturday evening at the University Heights apartments. He was with one of his friends, Demario Pitts. Vines says he and his friend were approached by two other men who started arguing with them over a woman. Vines said he had never met these men before. Vines apparently punched one of the men. Pitts hit at least one of the men over the head with a bottle. Then, one or both of the men started shooting. Pitts was shot and killed. Two other men were hit by gunfire according to Vines.
Leonard fled the scene in a white Chevrolet. He abandoned the vehicle on the way back to Montgomery, Desmonte Leonard, pictured above, is considered armed and dangerous. If anyone knows why Leonard went on the shooting spree, they are not publicly commenting. The identity of a possible second suspect has not been revealed. In the mean time, Eric Mack is expected to make a full recovery.
Keep in mind, Desmonte Leonard, like all suspects, is to be presumed innocent until otherwise proven in a court of law.